26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

A Certain Force in an Uncertain World

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Maj. Gen. W. Lee Miller Jr., the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses the Marines and sailors of Task Force Spartan, a detachment of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit who were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Miller said he was proud of the Marines and said their contributions in the country is a foundation on which the Iraqi security forces can build upon in their fight against ISIS militants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
II MEF CG talks with Marines who recently returned from Iraq
Maj. Gen. W. Lee Miller Jr., the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses the Marines and sailors of Task Force Spartan, a detachment of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit who were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Miller said he was proud of the Marines and said their contributions in the country is a foundation on which the Iraqi security forces can build upon in their fight against ISIS militants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
Sergeant Joseph Lamberty, an artilleryman assigned to Battery E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was presented a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by Maj. Gen. W. Lee Miller Jr, the II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, June 16. Lamberty was awarded as the II Marine Expeditionary Unit Noncommissioned Officer of the Year following an eight month deployment with the 26th MEU. Lamberty was part of a detachment of Marines deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of Task Force Spartan, where the unit provided indirect fire support to Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
Artilleryman awarded Marine of the Year
Sergeant Joseph Lamberty, an artilleryman assigned to Battery E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was presented a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by Maj. Gen. W. Lee Miller Jr, the II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, June 16. Lamberty was awarded as the II Marine Expeditionary Unit Noncommissioned Officer of the Year following an eight month deployment with the 26th MEU. Lamberty was part of a detachment of Marines deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of Task Force Spartan, where the unit provided indirect fire support to Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned from an 8-month deployment to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 3. The detachment of Marines were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of Task Force Spartan, where the unit provided indirect fire support to Iraqi security forces in the vicinity of the town of Mosul. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
Marines return from Iraq
Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned from an 8-month deployment to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 3. The detachment of Marines were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as part of Task Force Spartan, where the unit provided indirect fire support to Iraqi security forces in the vicinity of the town of Mosul. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
U.S. Marines Col. Robert C. Fulford and Sgt. Maj. Brett C. Scheuer respectively, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) pay their respects to Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin during memorial ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Red Sea, Mar. 24, 2016. Staff Sgt. Cardin died from wounds suffered following an indirect fire attack at Fire Base Bell in northern Iraq.  The 26th MEU is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/Not Released/FOUO)
Memorial of SSgt. Louis F. Cardin
U.S. Marines Col. Robert C. Fulford and Sgt. Maj. Brett C. Scheuer respectively, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) pay their respects to Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin during memorial ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Red Sea, Mar. 24, 2016. Staff Sgt. Cardin died from wounds suffered following an indirect fire attack at Fire Base Bell in northern Iraq. The 26th MEU is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/Not Released/FOUO)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire a M777A2 Howitzer on an ISIS infiltration route in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, March. 18, 2016. The Marines fired upon the enemy infiltration routes in order to disrupt their freedom of movement and ability to attack Kurdish and Peshmerga forces. Operation Inherent Resolve is a international U.S. led coalition military operation created as part of a comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/FOUO)
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines support Operation Inherant Resolve
U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire a M777A2 Howitzer on an ISIS infiltration route in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, March. 18, 2016. The Marines fired upon the enemy infiltration routes in order to disrupt their freedom of movement and ability to attack Kurdish and Peshmerga forces. Operation Inherent Resolve is a international U.S. led coalition military operation created as part of a comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/FOUO)
Marines with Tank Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a multipurpose antitank impact round during a live-fire exercise at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 23. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
26th MEU fires tanks in Kuwait
Marines with Tank Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a multipurpose antitank impact round during a live-fire exercise at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 23. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sails toward the ground in Kuwait while participating in a High Altitude, High Opening (HAHO) parachute training exercise, Feb. 25, 2016. The Marines performed the HAHO jump at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet utilizing an MV-22 Osprey. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) while deployed in support of maritime security operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long/ Released)
Maritime Marines practice parachuting operations
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sails toward the ground in Kuwait while participating in a High Altitude, High Opening (HAHO) parachute training exercise, Feb. 25, 2016. The Marines performed the HAHO jump at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet utilizing an MV-22 Osprey. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) while deployed in support of maritime security operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) spell out 26 MEU on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Mar.14, 2016 in the Arabian Sea. The 26th MEU is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki / 26th MEU Combat Camera / Released)
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit on flight deck
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) spell out 26 MEU on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Mar.14, 2016 in the Arabian Sea. The 26th MEU is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki / 26th MEU Combat Camera / Released)
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Since World War II, in nearly every crisis, the United States Marine Corps has deployed projection forces, with the ability to move ashore with sufficient sustainability for prolonged operations. These forces have been organized into Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF), a combination of air, ground and support assets. MAGTFs are established for specific missions, or in anticipation of a wide range of possible missions. Combining air, ground and logistic assets maximizes the combat power of each of the war fighting elements. MAGTFs have long provided the United States with a broad spectrum of response options when U.S. and allied interests have been threatened and in non-combat situations that require instant response to crisis. Selective, timely and credible commitment of air-ground units have, on many occasions, helped bring stability to a region and sent signals worldwide to aggressors that the United States is willing to defend its interests, and it is able to do so with a significantly powerful force on extremely short notice.